jewel bush is …
A mother of a Black boy.
A future historian.
A pan-African woman.
A lover of books, pens that write well, and notebooks with paper where the ink doesn’t bleed through.
A daughter of the South.
A shit talker but not a shit taker.
A cynic and an optimist.
A New Orleanian before the city was hipster chic, who grew up shopping at Schwegmann’s, who took her high school graduation pictures at Nolan Marshall Studios in the Seventh Ward before there were bike lanes there and a Whole Foods; who shopped for Girbauds and Used Jeans at Krauss; who hung out with friends on Canal Street on half days from school; who remembers the St. Thomas and “that St. Bernard is on the map and they don’t play…”
jewel bush is also a New Orleans-based writer, storyteller and an award-winning journalist who has 16 years of experience as a communications strategist working for some of the top national organizations in public health, women’s reproductive health and workers’ rights.
Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Times-Picayune, The (Houma) Courier, Uptown Messenger and Next City. She has won numerous awards including distinctions from the Louisiana Press Association and the New York Times Regional Media Group. She has covered international stories in places like Haiti and Palestine. She also wrote a first-prize winning essay on black history when she was in second grade.
Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Transition Magazine, a Harvard Journal on the African Diaspora. She dabbles in fiction too. Her short story “Red Polish” appears in “Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop,” and an excerpt from her novel-in-progress “Be My Guest” is in The New Laurel Review XXVI.
VONA/Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the country = been there. The Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop = done that.
She knows how to organize too – grassroots, union, cultural and political.